Bruce Elwin Trent was born on Dec. 31, 1934, in Sneedville, TN, to Paul Dallas and Winnie Mae Greene Trent. In his early years, he was active in the Boy Scouts where his leader, Rev. Glenn Patterson, a Methodist minister, was his role model.
Bruce graduated from Everett High School, Maryville, in 1953 and attended the University of Tennessee and the Technical Institute of Technology in Knoxville.
Bruce served in the United States Air Force Reserves and was an active member of the Civil Air Patrol where he was a pilot, captain, electronics instructor and a previous commander.
First employed by the Tennessee Air National Guard, he continued his career with RCA Communications where he maintained communications between Mission Control and the astronauts during the Gemini and Apollo spacecraft missions.
He retired from Motorola Communications after 30 years of service where he was field services manager for the Southeast U.S. His final accomplishment was designing a new communications system on top of Stone Mountain, GA, for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.
Throughout his retirement years he maintained communications with his fellow Boy Scouts and Motorola employees creating lasting friendships. He was also a member of the Cumberland County RC Club and the Cumberland Plateau Amateur Radio Club (CPARC).
He was preceded in death by his mother, Winnie Anderson, and father, Paul Trent.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, of 51 years; sisters, Phyllis Graves of Maryville and Susan Jones of Nashville; brother, Alvin Anderson of Rocky Top; nephew, Mike Loveday; and nieces, Buffy Moore and Penny Carroll.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 26, at Hood Funeral Home and burial was in Crossville City Cemetery. Donations may be made in his memory to A Time for Paws, P.O. Box 2982, Crossville, TN 38557 or Beta Sigma Phi Disaster Fund, BSP International, P.O. Box 8500, Kansas City, MO 64114.
Published on August 28, 2017